Posts Tagged ‘GPG’

How to Import Remove List archive signing keys on CentOS / RHEL / Fedora RPM based Linux distributions

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

If you  plan to build and distribute  own RPMs securely, it is strongly recommended that all custom RPMs are signed using GNU Privacy Guard (GPG). Generating GPG keys and building GPG-signed packages matching it.
Hence, If you have to deal with some of the RPM based package management Linux distribution like CentOS / RHEL / Fedora etc. you will sooner or later end up in a situation where some of the archive signing keys for a package provided by some of the repositories is missing or it is not matching the keys provided for the RPM repo.

As a result you will be unable to install some package like lets say zabbix-sender or you won't be able to update a certain package to the latest available version, because the Archive Signing key is not found.
The usual naming for a RPM file with a GPG key in is YOUR-RPM-GPG-KEY.

A typical PGP Public key file content looks something like this:


Version: GnuPG v1.0.0 (GNU/Linux)

Comment: For info see














The usual naming for a RPM file with a GPG key in is YOUR-RPM-GPG-KEY

1. List RPM gpg keys installed on system

To list all the installed RPM gpg keys on the system do:

rpm -q gpg-pubkey

To get a list of the number of installed keys with verbose info with key description::

rpm -qa gpg-pubkey –qf "%{version}-%{release} %{summary}\n"|wc -l

 rpm -qa gpg-pubkey –qf "%{version}-%{release} %{summary}\n"
fdb19c98-56fd6333 gpg(Fedora 25 Primary (25) <>)
7fac5991-4615767f gpg(Google, Inc. Linux Package Signing Key <>)
64dab85d-57d33e22 gpg(Fedora 26 Primary (26) <>)
fa7a179a-562bcd6e gpg(RPM Fusion nonfree repository for Fedora (25) <>)
6806a9cb-562bce39 gpg(RPM Fusion free repository for Fedora (25) <>)
d38b4796-570c8cd3 gpg(Google Inc. (Linux Packages Signing Authority) <>)


[root@host ~:]# rpm -q gpg-pubkey –qf '%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}\t%{SUMMARY}\n'
gpg-pubkey-f4a80eb5-53a7ff4b    gpg(CentOS-7 Key (CentOS 7 Official Signing Key) )
gpg-pubkey-b6792c39-53c4fbdd    gpg(CentOS-7 Debug (CentOS-7 Debuginfo RPMS) )
gpg-pubkey-8fae34bd-538f1e51    gpg(CentOS-7 Testing (CentOS 7 Testing content) )

To list all OS installed gpg keys do:

[user@host ~:]$ $ rpm -qa | grep -i gpg

2. Import RPM-GPG-KEY

A new key be it official archive keys issued from Fedora or a custom own build RPM package can be imported Redhat Package Manager like so:

[root@host ~:]# rpm –import RPM-GPG-KEY

It is possible to also import multiple GPG signature keys, for example on CentOS the usual path containg keys is /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/ to import all of the contained files there:

[root@host ~:]# rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/*

3. Check package with imported gpg arch key

Once the RPM-GPG-KEY is imported you can compare whether a RPM package matches with the key signature.

[root@host ~:]# rpm –checksig package-1.3-3.src.rpm

[root@host ~:]# rpm –checksig xtoolwait-1.3-3.src.rpm
package-1.3-3.src.rpm: (sha1) dsa sha1 md5 gpg OK

4. Remove RPM installed arch key

If you have installed some gpg arch. key by mistake and you need to remove it:

[root@host ~:]#rpm -e gpg-pubkey-b6792c39-53c4fbdd

To make sure it is remove do a Listing once again signing archive keys, it should not show anymore:

[root@host ~:]# rpm -q gpg-pubkey –qf '%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}\t%{SUMMARY}\n'
gpg-pubkey-f4a80eb5-53a7ff4b    gpg(CentOS-7 Key (CentOS 7 Official Signing Key) )
gpg-pubkey-8fae34bd-538f1e51    gpg(CentOS-7 Testing (CentOS 7 Testing content) )

How to password encrypt / decrypt files on Linux to keep and pass your data private

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

If you have a sensitive data like a scan copy of your ID card, Driving License, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or some revolutionary business / idea or technology and you want to transfer that over some kind of network lets say Internet vie some public unencrypted e-mail service like ( / Yahoo Mail / / (Bulgarian Mail etc. you will certainly want to transfer the file in encrypted form to prevent, someone sniffing your Network or someone having administrative permissions to servers of free mail where your mail data is stored.

Transferring your files in encrypted form become very important these days especially after recent Edward Snowden disclosures about American Mass Surveilance program PRISM – for those who didn't yet hear of PRISM (this is a American of America's NSA – National Security Agency aiming to sniff and log everyone's information transferred in digital form via the Internet and even Mobile Phone conversations)…

First step to mitigate surveilance is to use fully free software (100% free software) OS distribution like Trisquel GNU / Linux.
Second is to encrypt to use encryption –  the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key.
There are many ways to encrypt your data on Linux and to later decrpyt it, I've earlier blogged about encryping files with GPG and OpenSSL on Linux, however encryption with GPG and OpenSSL is newer as concept than the old-school way to encrypt files on UNIX with crypt command which in Linux is replaced by mcrypt command.

mcrypt is provided by mcrypt package by default on most if not all Linux distributions, however mcrypt is not installed by default so to start using it you have to install it first.

1. Install mcrypt on Debian / Ubuntu / Mint (deb based) Linux

apt-get install –yes mcrypt


2. Install mcrypt on Fedora / CentOS rest of RPM bases Linux

yum -y install libmcrypt


3. Encrypting file with mcrypt

To get a list with all supported algorithms by mcrypt:

mcrypt –list
cast-128 (16): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
gost (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
rijndael-128 (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
twofish (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
arcfour (256): stream
cast-256 (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
loki97 (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
rijndael-192 (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
saferplus (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
wake (32): stream
blowfish-compat (56): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
des (8): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
rijndael-256 (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
serpent (32): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
xtea (16): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
blowfish (56): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
enigma (13): stream
rc2 (128): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb
tripledes (24): cbc cfb ctr ecb ncfb nofb ofb



mcrypt < File-To-Crypt.PDF > File-To-Crypt.PDF.cpy


Enter the passphrase (maximum of 512 characters)
Please use a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers.
Enter passphrase:
Enter passphrase:

If crypt is invoked to create the encrypted file without OS redirects (< >), i.e.:

mcrypt -a blowfish File-To-Crypt.PDF

Please use a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers.
Enter passphrase:
Enter passphrase:

File File-To-Crypt was encrypted.


mcrypt outputs encrypted file in .nc extension and the new file and file default mode of 0600 (read write only for root user) are set, while new file keeps the modification date of the original.

4. Decrypting file with mcrypt

Decryption of files is done mdecrypt

mdecrypt File-To-Crypt.PDF.cpy

Enter passphrase:
File File-To-Crypt.PDF.cpy was decrypted.

To make mcrypt behave in a certain way when invoked modify ~/.mcryptrd

mcrypt is also available as a module for php5 (php5-mcrypt).

How to encrypt files with GPG and OpenSSL on GNU / Linux

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Encrypt files and directories with OpenSSL and GPG (GNUPG), OpenSSL and GPG encryption logo

I have just recently found out that it is possible to use openssl to encrypt files to tighten your security.
Why would I want to encrypt files? Well very simple, I have plain text files where I write down my passwords for servers or account logins for services I use on the internet.

Before this very day I use gpg to encrypt and decrypt my sensitive information files and archives. The way to encrypt files with GPG is very simple, here is an example:

server:~# ls -al test.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 12 Nov 25 16:50 test.txt
server:~# gpg -c test.txt > test.txt.gpg
Enter passphrase:
Repeat passphrase:

Typing twice the same password produces the encrypted file test.txt.gpg . In order to later decrypt the gpg password protected file I use cmd:

server:~# gpg -d test.txt.gpg >test.txt
Enter passphrase:
Repeat passphrase:
gpg: CAST5 encrypted data
gpg: encrypted with 1 passphrase
gpg: WARNING: message was not integrity protected

As one can see from above output by default gpg uses the CAST5 algorithm to encrypt the data. For all those curious on what kind of encryption does CAST5 provide and where the CAST5 origins are, in short CAST5 is a GNU invented cryptographic algorithm, the short description of the algorithm is as follows:

“…a DES-like Substitution-Permutation Network (SPN) cryptosystem which appears to have good resistance to differential cryptanalysis, linear cryptanalysis, and related-key cryptanalysis. This cipher also possesses a number of other desirable cryptographic properties, including avalanche, Strict Avalanche Criterion (SAC), Bit Independence Criterion (BIC), no complementation property, and an absence of weak and semi-weak keys.”

Anyways, for all those who trust more the DES128 encryption as an encryption algorithm to keep your data secret, the openssl command tool provides another mean to encrypt sensitive data.
To encrypt a file using the openssl’s DES encryption capabilities:

server:~# openssl des -salt -in test.txt -out test.txt.des
enter des-cbc encryption password:
Verifying - enter des-cbc encryption password:

As you can see to encrypt with the DES-CBC its necessery to type twice the secret password “salt” keyword which will be used as an encryption key.

To decrypt later on the DES encrypted file the cmd is:

server:~# openssl des -d -salt -in file.des -out file

In order to encrypt a whole directory earlier compressed with tar zip:

server:~# tar -czf - directory | openssl des -salt -out directory.tar.gz.des

Where directory is the name of directory which will be tarred and crypted.

To later decrypt with openssl the above encrypted tar.gz.des file:

server:~# openssl des -d -salt -in directory.tar.gzdes | tar -x